Erection problems (Erectile Dysfunction)
Impaired potency, potency problems
Although potency problems are quite likely to be psychological, a hormonal imbalance can also be the cause. A low level of the male sex hormones (androgens), in particular a testosterone deficiency, can lead to a decreased interest in sex, and to potency problems. This occurs most frequently in advanced age and is quite natural. It is also referred to as the male menopause.
Thyroid disease may also be responsible for erection problems. Low energy levels and abnormal fatigue are typical symptoms of hypothyroidism and can eventually lead to a diminished sex drive and impotence.
A rare and thus hardly known trigger is hyperprolactinaemia, a term given to having too high levels of prolactin in the blood. Prolactin is actually responsible for the development of the mammary glands and for stimulating them to produce milk (lactation). However, it is also produced in men. A specific tumour in the pituitary gland is frequently responsible for too high levels of prolactin. This is, of course, a rather unusual reason for an erectile dysfunction but it shows how hard it is to make a diagnosis of hormonal disorders.
Men with impaired potency or libido should thus contact a physician to determine and treat the potential underlying causes.